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Braunwyn Windham-Burke Real Housewives of Orange County

Season 15 of Real Housewives of Orange County started off with Braunwyn Windham-Burke revealing that she was an alcoholic. And the mom of seven kids dealt with a lot of other issues, too.

In December, Braunwyn announced that she is a lesbian. The RHOC star’s husband, Sean Burke, supported her completely. Braunwyn and Sean tried all season to hammer out the details of their “modern marriage.”

Emily Simpson Agrees With Elizabeth Lyn Vargas and Kelly Dodd That Braunwyn Windham-Burke Lives For Social Media Likes And Comments

The finale of Real Housewives of Orange County was last week. It was…odd. On the whole, the season was good in that the women opened up their actual lives on camera. Emily Simpson showed us the anxieties of having a loved one in the hospital with COVID. Gina Kirschenheiter showed us the aftermath of domestic violence and divorce. Kelly Dodd was an all-out idiot and Shannon Beador was exhausting (some things don’t change). Elizabeth Lyn Vargas brought nothing to the table (not even Vince Neil) until she revealed she was raised in a religious cult. And Braunwyn Windham-Burke broke her back carrying the season with the chaos that is her life.

There was no attempt made in the finale to depict these women as actual friends outside the show. The season ended abruptly on the beach with the fakest toast ever seen on a Housewives series. It was super apparent that these women are united only in their mutual disdain for Braunwyn. There is no need to reiterate that she is going through major life changes. Whether it’s all true or for camera time doesn’t even bother me because she’s imploding her own life, not her fellow cast members’. Regardless, her cast mates think everything she’s doing is for likes and camera time. But I think in one case they’re deflecting from their own ignorance.

Real Housewives Of Orange County Braunwyn Windham-Burke

Y’all we did it. We made it through this season of Real Housewives of Orange County. This season included the co-pandemics of the Coronavirus and the country’s glaring issues of racial inequities. Being filmed during the beginnings of the pandemic shutdowns made this season much different from anything we’ve seen on Bravo before. For instance, it was also our first season without icky Vicki Gunvalson. The cast shake up and current events somehow shifted the focus all the way left to Braunwyn Windham-Burke.

The reunion trailer featured Braunwyn taking a beating from the other women. Not to mention they’ve all been trashing her since the season ended. Above all, it’s pretty obvious she is on the major outs with the cast.

Real Housewives Of Orange County

All good things must come to an end, and then there’s this season of Real Housewives of Orange County. Because of the Rona, we didn’t have as many episodes produced, so that was a tiny gift to viewers. I doubt anyone will dispute it was Braunwyn Windham-Burke’s season. Not so much because she is a compelling individual, she just pulled every card in the Bravo playbook and laid them all down.

Elizabeth Lyn Vargas was supposed to be a breath of fresh air, but, was she? Elizabeth may or may not be hiding stuff about her marriage, divorce, and relationship with that dude she definitely isn’t banging. Shannon Beador’s new man was supposed to soften her attitude. Unfortunately, that ‘tude is sharper than ever and those edges are jagged – and for Christ’s sake, she asked for EGG WHITES. Our favorite scientist Kelly Dodd’s job might be on the line, because her mouth is it’s own entity. RHOC is finally over and the reunion is coming. Let’s see what we’re in for.

Real Housewives of Orange County Braunwyn Windham-Burke

This is it! We made it to the season finale of The Real Housewives of Orange County! It came suddenly. Yet it took forever to get here. What a strange, strange season this has been. It’s worth noting before diving into the drama that, clocking in at just 14 episodes (and assuming there’s no Secrets Revealed episode after the two-part reunion), this is the shortest season in RHOC history since Season 4. That was back in 2008. During the earliest days of Tamra Judge pointing her finger across the table at Javier’s and accusing Gretchen Rossi of going to Bass Lake.

It’s also only one episode longer than the freshman season of RHOSLC that’s also airing right now. Blame it on the pandemic. Or on the First Ladies of Bravo showing their age after 15 years. Or some combination of both. But it’s truly unprecedented for a flagship show that has regularly delivered 20+ episodes per season for the last decade. And is it just me, or did it sort of feels like production just…decided to wrap things up? Was it the worst season in Housewives history? That’s to be decided. But was it one of the weakest? Almost certainly.

Kelly Dodd Real Housewives of Orange County

Real Housewives of Orange County stars past and present can’t stop commenting on the antics of fellow castmate Braunwyn Windham-Burke. And who could blame them? Braunwyn somehow finds herself in the news every other day. She’s either interviewing about her many storylines, or she’s constantly getting her picture taken while she is out and about. 

OG housewife, Vicki Gunvalson, called out Braunwyn for not spending time with her children when photos surfaced of her making out with her new girlfriend at the beach. Hey, at least the kids have dad Sean Burke and several nannies there for them. Current RHOC housewife, Kelly Dodd, made it no secret she believes Braunwyn plans for these photos. During an episode of the show, Kelly called out Braunwyn for using a BLM rally as a photo op. And now Kelly is hinting Braunwyn is at it again. 

Shannon Beador Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Hmm. For the penultimate episode of the season, this week’s Real Housewives of Orange County sure felt strange. And honestly, I have to admit it feels quite odd to be recapping tonight given the chaos that’s happened in Washington D.C. today. Over the last 15 years, the Housewives franchise has often provided a much-needed dose of escapism from the horrors and headlines of real life. Tonight in the O.C., however, provided no such relief from the reality of a mob storming the Capitol in an attempt to overthrow the democratic process. But alas, here we are. And the recapping must go on…

I think my biggest issue with this episode of Real Housewives of Orange County is that it really just boiled down to a series of one-on-one conversations. Because of coronavirus restrictions, the women haven’t been able to congregate together since the trip to Lake Arrowhead. And really, they haven’t all been together since before the pandemic shut down production. Right? Since the cast trip to Palm Springs? So basically they’re left to talk in pairs, or film with their kids, siblings and significant others. None of which is particularly interesting on its own without a main storyline driving the narrative.

Tamra Judge Says Emily Simpson Should Be Fired And Shannon Beador Demoted On Real Housewives Of Orange County

It’s been 000 days since Tamra Judge’s last comment on Real Housewives of Orange County. For someone who claims not to watch the show, she certainly has a lot to say. But this is what we’ve come to expect from Bravolebrities who have been fired taken a pause from reality television.

Tamra has never been quiet. Some folks won’t go away gracefully and apparently all of them have worked for Bravo. But don’t underestimate Tammy Sue, she knows what she’s doing. She has provided more info to the media about this season than Gina Kirschenheiter, who actually filmed. Now Tamra shares her thoughts on what next season will bring. Spoiler alert, it will bring Tamra.